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Back 28 October 2016

Meet Magbule Elezi: YML and President of Kosovo Association of Midwives

Following the launch of the Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Realities Report, which reveals that too often midwives report their efforts are constrained by unequal power relations within the health systems. The report also highlights  the need to provide midwives with professional support (including better working conditions); stronger education and regulatory environments; a stronger advocacy around midwifery. We asked the Young Midwives Leaders (YMLs) to share their 'voices' on what they are doing in their countries to advance the midwifery agenda. In this Q&A Magbule Elezi, who is the President of the Kosovo Midwives Association tells us about her plans, vision and strategies to ensure the association thrive. 

Magbule Elezi was elected president of the Kosovo Association in September, 2016. All midwives from Kosovo participaated in the election including the main university clinical center, regional hospitals and maternity units. Magbule will serve for three years term as stipulated in the association's constistution; with a possibility of extension for another term. 

Magbule Elezi President Kosovo midwives

Madame President, Magbule Elezi

What are your plans, vision and strategies to ensure your association thrive?

Bearing in mind that the association is newly established, my initial plans are to ensure the association has all necessary units and personnel. The second step will be to initiate contact and join similar regional and international institutions as an active member. My vision is to see that midwives are recognized as lead professionals in ensuring the health of pregnant women is of paramount importance. I would like to see Midwives working as key coordinators of care within the multidisciplinary team, liaising closely with obstetricians, general practitioners, health interns, public health practitioners and maternity support workers. I will also Lobby the right stakeholders in  drafting policies that will favor midwives; such as promoting the role of midwives and strengthening of the association, without forgetting to insist training in accordance with International standards for midwives.

 Kosovo midwives group photo

Members of the Kosovo Association of Midwives 

What will you do differently to help the midwives in Kosovo ?

I will ensure that Midwives work as key coordinators of care within the multidisciplinary team, liaising closely with obstetricians, general practitioners, public health practitioners and maternity support workers.

As a young leader what is your vision or message for the young midwives in your country and globally?

Midwives are the most important health care professionals who are there every step of the way from pregnancy, delivery period and newborn care. My message is – I insist and encourage all midwives to perform their duties with dignity, respect and pride. To the young midwives, I urge them to always follow the code of ethics and strive to provide best care for mothers and newborns.

Kosovo midwifery students training

Midwifery students in one of the simulation classes

Why do you think midwives are important ?

Midwives are important for delivering high quality maternity care from preconception, throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. They provide holistic, responsive and compassionate midwifery care. Moreover, they are best placed to provide clear, consistent support, advice and guidance enabling women, their partners and families make informed decisions.

 Courage - Being the woman’s advocate, ensuring that clinical decision making is in her best interest Identifying areas of risk and ensuring safe practice through robust risk management processes and statutory supervision of midwives and Commitment - Developing and delivering high quality, responsive maternity services which meet the physical, emotional and social needs of women, their partners and families

Magbule with pregnant woman

Taking care of pregnant women is of paramount importance for midwives 

What would you like to change in your country in terms of midwifery issues?

There are many changes needed in my country. The main goal will be focused in developing and delivering high quality, responsive maternity services which meet the physical, emotional and social needs of women, their partners and families. Through education and participation in the international events and symposia I would like to improve the art of mobilizing others to want to strive for shared aspirations.

Magbule YML with baby

I love what I do. Holding newborns gives me joy - Magbule Elezi, President Kosovo Associaition of Midwives  

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